City of Sarnia

Background

BACKGROUND:

September 5, 2012 – A regulatory OSIM Inspection revealed multiple safety concerns with the Cull Drain Bridge resulting in immediate closure and signing of the bridge.

October 12, 2012 – The City of Sarnia received an additional Engineers Report that had been requested to be undertaken by MIG Engineering. The MIG report provided options and preliminary estimates for the Cull Drain Bridge rehabilitation or replacement.  This report is attached for public review.

June 26, 2013 – Due to other issues relating to the Cull Drain Bridge such as public right-of-way and proper and legal access to link up to Lambert Road, the Engineering Department held a Public Meeting at Bright’s Grove Public School to share all information obtained to that point.

July 2013 – Council directed staff to investigate the heritage value and cost of refurbishing the existing bridge.

July 2013 – The Engineering Department contacted engineering consultants with Heritage Bridge Experience for pricing on a more detailed investigation into rehabilitating the structure.

The Planning Department also started the heritage evaluation of the structure.

Engineering staff started to investigate options for an easement agreement in the area to link the Old Lakeshore Road Right-of-Way to Lambert Road, to allow a proper and legal passage for pedestrians and cyclists without trespassing on private property.

August 2013 – B.M. Ross and Associates were selected to conduct a more detailed investigation for rehabilitation of the structure.

December 2013 -B.M. Ross and Associates submitted a draft report to Engineering staff, it was reviewed and additional information was requested and in May 2014 a final report was submitted.

Planning staff finalized the heritage evaluation of the bridge in May, 2014.

June 4, 2014 – Engineering and Planning staff held a second public meeting to share a summary of the information that had been compiled to date and to obtain input for the purpose of reporting to Council.

August 7, 2014 - A special meeting of Council was held to consider the engineer's report and recommendation.  Staff were directed to report back to Council as soon as possible on demolition costs which would include various options.

September 8, 2014 - Various methods of demolition were presented by Staff to Council, along with costs.  Council considered these options and accepted the offer from Cope Construction to remove, demolish, and dispose of the Cull Drain Bridge, while salvaging and relocating the trusses to Mike Weir Park for possible future preservation works.  Further information can be found in the Council reports uploaded onto this webpage.

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This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, April 11, 2016 9:38 AM